Allen grew up in Mobile, AL. He is earning an undergraduate degree in Crop, Soil and Environmental Science from Auburn University this spring. Allen has been growing mushrooms for 9 years. In 2017, he founded Fungi Farm. This company offers high quality mushroom spawn, mushrooms, and a variety of other mushroom products. Fungi Farm specializes in locally sourced and commercially viable mushroom varieties and exists to support mushroom agriculture as well as the intelligent use of fungi in Alabama and beyond. Allen is excited to play a part in the development of the Alabama mushroom community through his involvement with AMS. He believes that mushroom education and the greater mushroom community are key aspects for maintaining overall environmental and human health. He enjoys teaching about mushroom cultivation and is currently studying to become proficient with identifying wild mushrooms.
I grew up in various places as a “Army Brat”. I now Live in Mobile, Al. I am a graduate of Tuskegee University with a BS in Education and University of South Alabama with a Master in Nursing.
I am a Retired RN from the USA Medical Center, Mobile, Al. I am a mother of 2: son lives in Atlanta, Ga he has 3 children. My Daughter lives in Saranac Lake, Ny
I have been a mushroom enthusiast since childhood!
I admire people who could go into the forest to gather mushrooms and wild plants for food and medicine and I always wanted to learn and develop that skill also.
I look forward to learning more with the Alabama Mushroom Society.
I've always felt a calling to be outdoors. Even as a young child, I spent most of my free time on my neighbor's land, either fishing or simply exploring nature's hidden treasures. In school I was most interested in chemistry and biology even though I never considered perusing it as a career. Throughout life I was always curious about the names of wild trees, plants, and animals. I was always bringing home wild and weird things for my mom to freak out about. Even with all the interest in flora and fauna, mushrooms had never crossed my mind until my wife, Alicia, and I began home gardening. I then realized the vital role fungi play in the growth of all things. Afterwards I decided to learn all about various edible, inedible, and medicinal wild fungi, trying to learn as much as I can about this exciting and almost fantastical world!